Published on November 9th, 20131
EU offers 3 million euros for a study on the recovery of useful substances from urine
The European Union has allocated nearly three million euros for a study on the possibility of recovery of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphate found in urine.
“ValuefromUrine” is a project developed for the European Commission by seven universities and research institutes in five countries: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, the UK and Spain.
The total cost of the study is 3.85 million, the European Commission’s contribution is 2.91 million.
The objective of this study is “the development of a technology to deal with urine before it is mixed with the rest of the domestic water “, so that nitrogen and phosphate can be recovered.
In this study, we hope to obtain a minimal investment technology for recovering nitrogen ( found in the composition of ammonia ) and phosphate, two ingredients used in the production of agricultural fertilizer. The EU currently imports large quantities of phosphor to produce agricultural fertilizer.
However, researchers hope to gain it from urine and electricity.
The study was launched on 1 September 2012 and will end on 31 August 2016.